Things to do in London this weekend

Don’t waste your precious two days off on the sofa. Make the most of London this weekend and live a little! Here are our top picks for the best events and activities happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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By Time Out London Things To Do and Alexandra Sims |
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No plans for this weekend? Not any more. Clock off, wind down and get your weekend on with our pick of the best things to do over your two days of freedom. Whether you want to glug back some glögg at the Scandinavian Christmas Market, pick up books by women and non-binary people of colour at galdem's pop-up shop marking the launch of Michelle Obama's new memoir, or set your eyes sparkling at Wembley Park's new light maze, there's plenty to keep you occupied. See you out there! 

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What’s on this weekend?

Things to do, Ice skating

Skate at Somerset House

icon-location-pin Somerset House, Temple
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Unleash your inner Michelle Kwan and show off those ice skating moves at Somerset House. Back again for another year, it’s your chance to skate alongside the grand eighteenth-century courtyard and top-notch DJs.

Things to do, Festivals

Winterville

icon-location-pin Clapham Common, Clapham
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Expect sugar, spice and show-offs on ice at the annual sparkly winter fairground. Mel C will be on the decks to kickstart festivities for the opening weekend. There’s also top London grub from Street Feast, crazy golf and more.

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Restaurant of the Week: Native

icon-location-pin Southwark

Fill up at the larger SE1 incarnation of the celebrated wild food restaurant. Go for the wild meat. Whatever shape it comes in, it’ll blow you away.

Things to do, pop-ups

Silvana Light Maze

icon-location-pin Market Square, Trafalgar Square
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Wembley Park is going all-out to turn London eyes Brent-wards this Christmas, with a dazzling glass labyrinth for visitors to walk through. And it just so happens to coincide with the launch of a new Boxpark in the area in December. 

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Southbank Centre Wintertime Market

icon-location-pin Southbank Centre, South Bank
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Baked camembert, igloos, fire pits and rows of pop-up stalls – what’s not to like about the South Bank’s winter festival? 

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Art

Show of the Week: Dara Birnbaum

icon-location-pin Marian Goodman Gallery, Soho
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See influential video art about propaganda and surveillance. This show is terrifying, and very, very necessary.

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News, Events & Festivals

gal-dem x ‘Becoming’ Pop-up Bookshop

To celebrate the launch of Michelle Obama’s memoir ‘Becoming’ and ahead of her visit to the UK, Penguin is joining forces with online magazine gal-dem to launch a pop-up bookshop exclusively stocked with works by women and non-binary people of colour.

Things to do, Quirky events

Social Fun and Games Club at Roof East

icon-location-pin Roof East, Stratford
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Slide into good times at The Social Fun & Games Club at Roof East and brush up on those curling skills. You can also feel the rhythm and feel the rhyme, as everything is ‘Cool Runnings’-themed, complete with a steel drum band. 

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Theatre, Musicals

Show of the Week: ‘Hadestown’

icon-location-pin National Theatre, South Bank
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Catch the stage version of Anaïs Mitchell’s hit ‘folk opera’. This production has some wonderfully eccentric casting and sensational songs.

 

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Film, Drama

Film of the Week: ‘Shoplifters’

Hit up the cinema to see this Dickensian tale of hardship and heart set in Tokyo. Director Hirokazu Kore-eda is a modern-day master delivering another rich humanist drama.

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Christmas at Leadenhall Market

icon-location-pin Leadenhall Market, Aldgate
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See the Victorian market (better known to Potter fans as Diagon Alley) at its Christmassy best. 

Art, Contemporary art

Flo Brooks: ‘Scrubbers’

icon-location-pin Project Native Informant, Smithfield
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Check out weird shaped contemporary paintings of cleaners. This show is so full of colour, symbols and humour that you’ll never want to leave.

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Art

Maisie Cousins: ‘Dipping Sauce’

icon-location-pin Elephant West, White City
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Give food porn a whole new meaning at this exhibition. Get up close and personal to some mega-zoomed in pictures of food that’ll make you feel weird and hungry for more.

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Things to do, Festivals

Festival of Sustainable Fashion

icon-location-pin Hackney House, Shoreditch
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Get swishing and swapping at this festival celebrating forward-thinking fashion. Grab your unwanted clobber and exchange them for someone else’s garb you’re not sick of wearing at The Big Swish Clothes Swap or upcylce your battered wares at the Repair Cafe.

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Art

‘Shadows of War: Roger Fenton's Photographs of the Crimea 1855’

icon-location-pin The Queen's Gallery, St James's Park
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There hasn’t been a London show of Fenton’s creations since 1856. That’s a shame because this is a fascinating early example of what we now call war photography. He pinpoints the chilling loneliness of war. 

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Islington Vintage Kilo Sale

icon-location-pin Islington Assembly Hall, Canonbury
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Get your hands on all sorts of vintage garms at this sale. All the vintage goodies are sold at £15 per kilo so, if you roll up your sleeves, you can get a whole load of clobber and save a whole load of pounds. 

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Things to do, Film events

Neutral Milk Hotel on Film

icon-location-pin Moth Club, Hackney
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Watch interviews, documentaries, live performances, old tapes, Youtube, fan footage, short films and live shows of the indie rock band 20 years after their album ‘In the Aeroplane Over the Sea’.

Things to do, Markets and fairs

Turning Earth Winter Ceramics Market

icon-location-pin Turning Earth Hoxton, Hoxton
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Turning Earth’s east London studio is top of the pots, and its regular markets always draw crowds. Pick up handmade jugs and ceramic art to live music from The Turbans, knock back spiced bevvies and stay for some Sri Lankan street food.

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Things to do, pop-ups

Tits London Pop-Up Shop

icon-location-pin The Artworks Elephant, Elephant and Castle
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Get your purse out for the ladies at a shop showcasing women designers. With 10 percent of proceeds going to the Coppafeel breast cancer awareness charity, these are the kind of stocking fillers we can all get behind.

Things to do, Performances

Cocoa Butter Club at Winterville

icon-location-pin Winterville, Clapham
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Burlesque, drag and comedy are set to neo-soul, R&B and Motown at this Christmas extravaganza celebrating performers of colour.

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Winter Waggingland

icon-location-pin Netil Market, South Hackney
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Grab doggie treats and hand-crafted accessories for pups at the winter addition of this market filled with pawsome gifts (sorry). 

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Anti Black Friday: Fashion + Lifestyle Concept Store

icon-location-pin 64-68 Charing Cross Road, Covent Garden
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Say no to Black Friday bargains this year and pick up some green garms. Lone Design Club's pop-up focuses on labels that make a difference with their sustainable approach to clothing. 

Things to do, Markets and fairs

Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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Peek inside this crafty social enterprise to see the resident artists at work and stock up on quirky Christmas presents.

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Scandinavian Christmas Market

icon-location-pin Albion Street, Rotherhithe
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London’s Finnish and Norwegian churches provide the backdrop for this fair selling Nordic  treats. Add a glug of glögg and you’ll soon be feeling merry.

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Things to do, Food and drink events

Bar of the Week: Winterland London's Alpine Club

icon-location-pin Neverland London, Parsons Green
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SW London’s Winterland is kitted out with chairlifts and fire pits for fully immersive après-ski antics in the sport’s unofficial home: Fulham. With what you save on ski boot rental fees, you can splurge on chocolate martinis and mulled wine. 

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Things to do, Exhibitions

Controversial Design

icon-location-pin Somerset House, Temple
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Smash taboos around periods, sex toys and burials at this interactive workshop and exhibition exploring how we design contentious objects.

Things to do, Markets and fairs

The Kiln Rooms Christmas Sale

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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Pieces from more than 90 up-and-coming potters will be spread across two Kiln Rooms locations for this three-day sale. Meet the makers while you shop for wheely good gifts.

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Things to do, pop-ups

Wasted Chic x Student High Street Anti Black Friday

icon-location-pin Old Spitalfields Market, Spitalfields
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As big brands cash in on Black Friday, support the little guy at this pop-up shop where you can pick up small-batch streetwear, curated vintage attire and ethical, sustainable pieces. 

Theatre, Shakespeare

‘Macbeth’

icon-location-pin Barbican Centre, Barbican
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See Globe boss Michelle Terry and husband Paul Ready in The Scottish Play. This is a fresh – even funny – take on the tragedy. 

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Things to do, Film events

Irish Film Festival London

icon-location-pin Various London venues, London
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See the best new films from the Emerald Isle in London this week. Don’t miss Roddy Doyle ’s hard-hitting Dublin-set drama ‘Rosie’ this Saturday.

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Museums

‘Home Futures’

icon-location-pin Design Museum, Kensington
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The Design Museum’s latest exhibition is filled with over 150 domestic designs, all created with the intention of revolutionising how we conduct ourselves behind closed doors. 

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Things to do, Food and drink events

Bottomless Drag Brunch

icon-location-pin Drink, Shop & Do, King's Cross
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Catch drag double-act Oberon White and Sam Reynolds serving up lip-sync battle realness, bagels and bubbly.

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